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Lazy Day

Lazy Day

This past week I have had the opportunity to visit several buildings and conduct the TimeSlips activity with clients. What is TimeSlips you ask? “It is an activity which allows clients to be creative with storytelling by replacing the pressure to remember with encouragement to imagine with clients who have dementia.” TimeSlips was original developed for those who have dementia but it is also a great tool for your other clients as well. I enjoy the TimeSlips program because it allows clients to open up their mind to creativity, memories and emotions!

We would love to come and share this activity with you and your clients, please contact me at tracy@trconnections.com to set up a time and date.

Lazy Day

Mike and Becky went for a walk in the park around the lake, were they could see the water, waves and ducks, with their dog Fido on a calm crisp, chilly fall day. They were looking for excitement and fish in the lake. They were talking about how their day went and about Fido who was in a fight with a cat earlier in the day and lost because the cat scratched his nose. They could hear the chirping of birds and see the changing leaves in the trees around them. They saw other people and other dogs. They could smell burning leaves from a fire and when they came across the fire they took off running.

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Riverton Quilt Show

Rocky Mountain Riverton is holding a Quilt Show and would like to extend an invitation out to you and your clients!

 

Riverton Quilt Event 001

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Articles

 

Running Home

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This past week I have had the opportunity to visit several buildings and conduct the TimeSlips activity with clients.  What is TimeSlips you ask?  “It is an activity which allows clients to be creative with storytelling by replacing the pressure to remember with encouragement to imagine with clients who have dementia.”  TimeSlips was original developed for those who have dementia but it is also a great tool for your other clients as well.  I enjoy the TimeSlips program because it allows clients to open up there mind to creativity, memories and emotions!

We would love to come and share this activity with you and your clients, please contact me at tracy@trconnections.com to set up a time and date.

Here is the story Aspen Assisted Living in Ogden’s client created:

Running Home

Mickey hit the ball with his bat and heard the crack of the bat as it made contact. He started running the bases in his clothes that were too big for him. As he was running he could hear the crowd and players cheering and booing him on! He could smell the popcorn, hot dogs, peanuts, beer and the grass as he passed the bases. As Mickey approached home base his helmet came off but that didn’t stop him. He made it home with the umpire yelling “Safe”!

 
Activity: TimeSlips Protocol

Domain: Cognitive

Goal: To improve ability to attend

Objective: To allow clients to be creative with storytelling by replacing the pressure to remember with encouragement to imagine with clients who have dementia.

Group Size:
5-10

Materials:
Wipe board or large flip board
Markers
Name tags
Pictures
TV, tablet, cord

Optional Materials:
Depending on which picture you use. Pick objects to enhance the senses

Space:
Find a space that is relatively quiet and without distractions.
Turn off the TV and radio.
Silence the phone.
Put the chairs in a semi-circle, leave space between them in case you need to move right next to someone in order to be heard.
Avoid sitting at tables, as tables signify eating or other activities. This should feel like a unique, special occasion.

Time:
15 minutes to ½ hour

Description:
1) Select an image ahead of time or have a client help you choose one. If using sensory items you will need to pick the image ahead of time along with sensory objects.
2) Introduce yourself: “My name is Tracy. I’m here to do some storytelling with you today, what do you think of that?”, “It’s great to see you Bill, are you ready for the storytelling? I’m excited!”
3) Ask open ended questions:
a) Where do you think this picture is taken place at?
b) How do you think they/he/she got there?
c) What should we name this person?
d) What do think is happening in this picture?
e) What does it smell like where they are at?
f) What would you feel?
4) Echo/Write down every response/gesture that is given
5) Retell the story every 4-5 answers
6) Thank the storytellers
a) Go around to all the participants and thank them for sharing the process

Secondary Domain: Socialization
Secondary Goal: To develop and build communication skills

 

Senior Health and Fitness Day

 

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Do you have plans for Senior Health and Fitness Day? If you are not hosting an event I know of two places that are: 1) The Riverton Senior Center is hosting a Health and Fitness Day on Wednesday, May 28th. Please view the promotional poster for all the event details. Contact the Riverton Center 385.436.3040 for more information.

2) Clearfield Aquatic Center is hosting events too.
Check this places out and see if you clients can attend some of the fun and educational events. If you know of any others places hosting this even please post we would love to hear about them.

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
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Southern Utah Workshop Coming SOON!

Our Southern Utah Workshop is coming up SOON!!! Sign up today so you don’t miss out!!! We have some exciting guest speakers, interactive sessions and SO MUCH MORE!!!!
Location: Southern Utah Veterans Home-Ivins, UT
Date: Friday, June 6th 10 am-4 pm
Earn 6 hours-.6 CEUs
Cost $100

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

There is An App For That!

I really love App’s! I am always looking for new and fun app’s you can apply to your programs. This one I found this morning and made two video’s already. It is fun and so easy.

Flipagram™ “Brings Moments to Life” ™
“Create beautiful short video stories using your Facebook, Instagram and Camera Roll photos, set to music you love!”

Create your Flipagram in 3 easy steps: 
1. Select – Moments / photos from camera roll, albums, Facebook or Instagram. 
2. Create – Sort Moments, Choose Title, Select Music and Set Timing 
3. Share – ‪#‎flipagram‬ on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and more

This would fun to do with your clients for their birthdays (which I did one for my boyfriend today because it was his birthday and I had to try it out) or special events for your clients or your building (yes I tried it out for myself on the running events I have done over the past year).

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cheerfulinc.flipagram

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flipagram/id512727332?mt=8

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
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Recreation Therapy in Action

Recreation Therapy in Action

Recreation Therapy in Action
When Lynn Dell at Heritage Park Care Center needs to do a fundraiser, she gets her clients involved by having them create the items and then selling them. Having your clients make the items and sell them gives them a sense of accomplishment and belonging. It also reaches the following goals:
Psychological Goals:
To increase self-awareness, acceptance, and congruence through
a) developing awareness of personal attributes and capacities,
b) acceptance of strengths and limitations, and
c) providing opportunities to express identity in a variety of contexts.
Environmental Goals:
To increase community engagement and empowerment through
a) constructive engagement in the community,
b) empowerment related to having a meaningful voice and role in the community, and
c) opportunities to serve others.
GREAT JOB LYNN DELL!

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Activities

 
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Uniquely Utah

Have you ever watched “Uniquely Utah” with your clients. I usually watched these with my clients once a week for a reminiscing group. Uniquely Utah is a channel 13 news segment which focus’ on a variety of places, buildings, people etc… which are just unique to Utah. These segments have brought many fond memories to my clients and have led up to some great discussions.

Activity: Uniquely Utah
Domain: Cognitive, social
Population: Youth, Geriatrics 
Goals: 
Social goals:
To develop and build communication skills.
To develop and build interpersonal skills.
To develop and build reciprocal relationship skills
To develop social confidence by developing specific skills related to social interaction and relationship development and by selecting leisure experiences that support and facilitate the development of social skills and relationships.
Cognitive goals:
To improve ability to attend.
To improve concentration skills.
To improve memory skills.
To improve goal-setting skills.
To improve problem-solving skills.

Supplies: TV, Ipad or tablet, DMHI cord or other cord needed to connect your IPad or tablet to TV

Directions:
1. Pick a segment from Uniquely Utah ahead of time and have it already showing on the TV screen.
2. Sit clients in a semi circle around the TV. Be sure those who have visual and sight impairments are sitting closest to the TV.
3. Introduce to your clients to the Uniquely Utah segment. Give them a quick description of what they are about to watch. 
4. Play the segment.
5. Open up the group with discussion questions:
Remember to ask open ended questions. Every segment is different so watch it ahead of time and form your questions. Here is a few just to get started: 
Tell your clients what you liked about the segment or what you thought was interesting then ask them what they liked about it and what they thought was interested.
Have you ever been to that town if so what do you remember about that town? 
Have you ever seen (pick something out from the segment), has it changed through years, if so how has it changed?

Even if your clients are not from Utah they can still get involved. Some of my clients have reminisced about something that was similar where they lived.

I have taken my clients to some of the various places that are shown in the segments. It is fun to see their eyes light up and the conversation rolling while on the outing as they talk about what the saw in the segment.

Give it a try and let us know how it worked for you!

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Uncategorized